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seven blood brothers who began their musical training at the tender ages of
four and five by their father, jazz trumpeter/band leader Kelan Phil Cohran
(EARTH, WIND, & FIRE, CHAKA KHAN, SUN RA). The boys went on to form the
PHIL COHRAN YOUTH ENSEMBLE in 1990. The family toured the United States
performing the complex original written jazz compositions of Cohran and other
greats such as Duke Ellington, Count Basie, and even the music of classical
greats Bach & Beethoven. Although the group’s early musical training
encompassed primarily elements of instrumental performance, the brothers were
personally being exposed to the music of their own generation (hip-‐hop, rock,
reggae to name a few) and absorbed these components into the cosmic jazz style
of their father.
in order to find their own sound, growing into the band now known as HYPNOTICBRASS ENSEMBLE or HBE.
American Author’s Award). Using street performance as way to broaden their audience
and hone their now distinctive sound, they found success at the grass roots
level, garnering over 50,000 in sales nationwide. It was around this time that
Island DEF JAM offered Hypnotic Brass a feature collaboration with renowned
producer NO ID (mentor to KANYE WEST & GHOSTFACE KILLAH) as well as an
accompanying artist /in‐house band recording contract. The band decided to stay
indie and moved to New York City and followed up their debut album with the
release of their second LP Jupiter.
The album caught the ear of BLUR lead DAMON ALBARN and led to distribution in
the UK by Albarn’s imprint Honest Jons. By now the musical style of HYPNOTICBRASS ENSEMBLE “had blossomed and come
into its own.” (Lily Koppel/New York Times)
Stats who called the band’s music: “a
huge brass bridge of hypnotic polyphony connecting the cosmic jazz of Sun Ra’s
Arkestra with the urgency of hip-‐hop and the sweeping emotional scale of a
Curtis Mayfield blaxploitation opus.” News of the ensemble’s sound spread
throughout the industry, and after Emcee/actor Mos Def caught a live HBE show,
the brothers were asked to join him onstage as part of the MOS DEF BIG BAND
(including Robert Glasper, Chris Dave, Casey Benjamin). The group graced many
stages around the globe including JAZZSTAGE at LINCOLN CENTER and SHEAPHERDSBUSH in London.
deal with Dutch denim giant GSTAR RAW, and began their foray into international
touring with a European tour that featured headlining performances at NORTH SEAJAZZ fest, BREAD & BUTTER BARCELONA, and the GOOD THE BAD THE QUEEN
tunes in every corner of the world to audiences as big as 110,000 (GLASTONBURY.
ROSKILDE) and premiered music at venues around the world including London’s
RONNIE SCOTTS, Australia’s SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE and New York City’s CARNEGIE
HALL. In 2009; following a tour in Lagos, Africa with Damon Albarn & Africa
Express; HYPNOTIC BRASS ENSEMBLE recorded a full LP in London and released it
under UK Honest Jon’s label. One of the songs on the album, “War,” became a
featured song in the international blockbuster movie HUNGER GAMES. HBE signed
on with The Agency Group for international touring and set out to blow away
audiences at WOMAD AU: BIG CHILL: NOVARRA JAZZ: BERMUDA JAZZ FEST: PERCPAN in
Brazil: POHODA in Czech Republic: COACHELLA: & many others.
Gorillaz record with Damon Albarn Welcome
to Plastic Beach and joined the “Plastic Beach 2010 World Tour” upon its
release performing alongside BOBBY WOMACK: MICK JONES from the CLASH: DE LA
SOUL: & SNOOP DOGG. HYPNOTIC BRASS ENSEMBLE gave their signature dose of
hard brass to every audience on the four-month international tour and earned a
spot backing up PRINCE at the NEW POWER GENERATION FEST in Denmark the next
year, coming personally requested by THE ARTIST himself. Since then HYPNOTIC
BRASS ENSEMBLE has grown into an even newer sound with their latest efforts BulletProof Brass and Fly released by their very own imprint
expand their US Touring. They are now gearing up to release a new installment
entitled Bad Boys Of Jazz.
4:30 pm Joe Alterman Trio